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Pay boost welcomed

MSP Emma Harper

SOUTH Scotland MSP Emma Harper – Deputy Convenor of Holyrood's Health and Sport Committee - has welcomed that social care staff in Scotland are to receive an immediate 3.3% pay increase, backdated to 1 April 2020. The increase in wages agreed between the Scottish Government and COSLA – the umbrella body representing Scottish local authorities - means staff will not need to wait for the pay to be backdated at a point later in the year following negotiations, as happened in previous years. A spokesman from Miss Harper's office said: "The pay increase is part of a package of measures to support social care workers in recognition of the essential role they are playing during the Coronavirus pandemic, and indeed the role they will continue to play in the aftermath of the virus. "Social care workers who provide direct adult support will have their pay increased to at least the Real Living Wage rate of £9.30 an hour for all hours worked, including sleep-overs and hours worked by personal assistants of those with disabilities. The Scottish Government will also provide funding to third sector and independent providers specifically to ensure staff receive sick pay if they are off work ill or because they are self-isolating." In addition, Miss Harper has welcomed that the agreed funding increase to social care providers will give the organisations the financial flexibility to increase wages across their organisations, and not just to frontline staff – something she has urged them to do. Miss Harper said: "Social care workers both here in Dumfries and Galloway – and across Scotland - are on the frontline of our national pandemic response. They are providing care to those vulnerable groups in the community including older persons, those with complex health needs and persons with disabilities. "The measures the Scottish Government have announced in partnership with COSLA will ensure all people providing adult social care receive the Real Living Wage for every hour worked with immediate effect, rather than having to wait until later in the year as would have otherwise been the case. "As well as providing an uplift in pay for all social care workers, this package announced by the Scottish Government ensures social care providers have both flexibility to increase wages across their organisations – which I urge them to do - and the necessary funding for sick pay if their employees are off ill or are self-isolating. "I thank all social care staff across our region and welcome this much overdue and deserved pay rise. I remind constituents that I and my team are available, should anyone be looking for any advice and support."

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